Sunday, 12 July 2015

BEAUTY: Travel Minis & A Haul

Hey, hope you're all well!
I'm not doing a lifestyle post this week as I have basically worked everyday 9-5 so there wasn't anything that great to blog about! But in a few weeks I'm heading off on holiday so there will be those kind of posts then. And going on holiday to me means lots of travel minis and beauty products! I went to Boots today and picked up some things to take with me so I thought I would share them with you. 

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight activating moisturising shampoo, conditioner & hairspray; Garnier Micellar Water, Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist

Body Products
Piz Buin Ultra Light Hydrating sun spray SPF 30; Vaseline spray & go body moisturiser
Barry M Daylight curing nail polishes; Cheryl lashes by Eyelure, Molecule 01 perfume & samples from Liberty London

I love sharing what I've bought so I hope you enjoy it too! I'm sure reviews will be coming soon :)


Sunday, 5 July 2015

LIFESTYLE: This Week #2

This week has been a week of fun and sunshine and I've spent a lot of it in London. I went to my boyfriends house for the week and did a lot of my favourite hobby - eating out. So it was definitely a good week to do a This week #2!

On Monday I got the train down to my boyfriends and we stopped off for lunch. We had a tapas style lunch as it was about 4pm and we knew we were going to be having a gorgeous paella for dinner. I stayed off the alcohol and grabbed a Fanta whilst snacking on sweet potato fries, bread and oils, olives and the most gorgeous scotched egg. It was so nice to see him and catch up and we had a nice night in chilling.

On Tuesday we went to the Imbibe bar show in Kensington, London and had lots of free alcohol! It was great to try all the up market brands that I had never tried before. It was nice to explore Kensington as it's a place I've never been to before. I also got my university results this day too and I'm happy to say I got all 2:1s and firsts this year and averaged on a high 2:1, so I was super happy!

On Wednesday we had a chilled day messing about in the garden playing on the sit down lawnmower (it's very fun!) It was SOOO hot - the car said 35 degrees which is crazy for England!! We went for early dinner and I had a carb-free healthy meal of salmon. It was so hot though so whilst he went to work I stayed inside catching up on Love Island. (I am OBSESSED with this show at the minute!)

On Thursday we headed into central London as I had to see where my place of work will be in a few weeks. We ate at a lovely place on Southbank (forgot the name!) but they sold such healthy food and I had a Superfood salad with chicken. It had Quinoa and pomegranate seeds and was surprisingly DELICIOUS. I wouldn't say £4/5 is too bad for that especially when you're eating in. I saw the same place on Carnaby Street too later on, so maybe some of you guys may know it. We then went shopping on Oxford Street and Regent Street. I saw Patricia Bright (youtuber) and kinda freaked out but didn't say anything, daym! After a day of shopping, trains, tubes and a bus, it was nice to have a night in with homemade pizzas.

Friday was home time and it was nice to get home and just chill in the garden in the beautiful sunshine. I was happy that it was sunny and warm up north too!

Saturday I chilled and then went to my friends BBQ which was fun!

Today is Sunday and I've been to the gym - need to start getting back into it really! I'm just chilling before I start work tomorrow! I'm working 9-5 Monday-Friday so I don't think there'll be a 'This Week #3' post for a couple of weeks! 

What have you guys been up to?


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Tricks To Stay Cool This Summer

So today Britain hit its hottest July day on record and it has been bloomin' hot! I love summer and nice weather but I'm a bit of a wimp when its hot in England as I don't have a pool to jump in to cool down. 

Drink ice water - When its hot, it's obvious that you should drink a lot of water. Putting a bottle full of water and putting it into the freezer for a bit is something everyone used to do in school and why not do it in the summer. It will keep you hydrated and ice will definitely cool you down. 

Have a cold shower - So I had 3 cold showers today but how much better do you feel after one?! So much better!

Cool down your feet - Cooling down your feet will cool down your whole body. Dipping your tootsies in some ice is sure to make you feel better in the hot weather.  

Make a DIY air conditioner - Position a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ices surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.

Cold compresses on pulse points - This will make you so much cooler and feels very refreshing.

Shut your curtains - In the daytime, sunlight coming in will heat up the room so shutting the curtains will help keep your room cooler.

Hang out a wet towel - The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the rooms temperature.

Hope these and tricks help you out in this hot weather (if it even lasts)!


Sunday, 28 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: This Week #1

I love reading lifestyle posts, particularly 'this week' posts as I'm nosy and like to see what people have been up to. I'm going to do a series of these when my weeks are more interesting.

This week, I started watching Orange is the new black, which I am currently obsessed with. Not going to lie, I don't think that anything will beat Prison Break but OITNB is set in a similar situation (a prison) and I just love it! I'm already on season 2!

I went into Leeds shopping (see my latest post - a haul & try on) and bought lots of holiday clothes and stopped for lunch in Trinity Kitchen. There are so many types of food in there and the Vietnamese place looked incredible so we headed over. The food was amazing and I had a detox smoothie which included Kale but tasted amazing.

The next two pictures are taken from when I went to see Taylor Swift in Manchester. She was amazing and I am completely obsessed with her. I've been a fan since 2008 and still haven't met her though. She puts on an amazing show and yes, I dressed like I was from the Shake it off music video... and I'm 20 years old... no judging people. 

Nandos. That's all. It's so nice. Possibly one of my favourite food places ever. Their new menu includes quinoa salad which was tempting but I had to go for the wrap as its my favourite. The sweet potato wedges are gorgeous and I figured they were a lot healthier than their chips.

Lastly a photo from when I was back at university. I love this photo so I instagrammed it... I can't wait to be back at uni for freshers but excited for my summer firstly!


Thursday, 25 June 2015

HAUL & Try On: Topshop, Zara, Primark, New Look...

I've been doing a bit of shopping recently, mostly for my upcoming holidays, so I thought I would share them with you. I am SO excited and cannot wait to be discovering Madrid and chilling on the beach in Greece with a cocktail (or twenty). I took a trip into Leeds and visited Topshop, Zara, Primark, New Look, H&M and ended up buying something from every shop I went in...oops. 

Primark and H&M.
Primark: Black Belt // Bikini Top // White Denim Shorts // Sunglasses
H&M: White Plimsolls

Zara and Unique Avenue
Zara: Bag // Unique Avenue: Bikini

New Look
White Jeans // Brown Suede Top
Holiday Sliders // High Waisted Bikini Bottoms
I tried some of the pieces on together to do a mini lookbook.

I've been brave putting bikini pics on here as I'm not tanned yet as summer hasn't really arrived and I definitely haven't got the summer body I'm hoping to achieve before my holidays! But hope you enjoyed this haul and I'll see you on Sunday with my next post!


Sunday, 21 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: Tips for booking a city break

Do your research on destinations - All cities are different and some may be more suited to what you want to do than others. Researching things to do in cities will give you an insight into what city is best to visit so that you make the most of your trip. Doing this will also help you decide what you want to do there and what you want to avoid. For example, Amsterdam has two sides to it; my trip consisted of canals, cycling and good but for others it may be moreabout partying, sex and drugs. That wasn't for me so my online research enabled me to see which areas to avoid staying in.

Have an itinerary - Making the most of your time is essential especially as city breaks can only be a few days long, particularly if you're on a budget. Planning an itinerary before you go is good so that you don't waste time wondering around aimlessly (unless thats what you like to do, of course).

Book the excursions before you go - Booking excursions and days out before you go can not only save you money, but also time. If you are thinking of going to a museum, go on their website and see if you can pre book a slot. When I visited the Anne frank museum in Amsterdam, we hadn't booked and ended up queuing for 2 hours beforehand which obviously wasted time and was a bit annoying.

Look at hotel reviews on Tripadvisor - This is an obvious one and is something that I do before booking any holiday or city break. I like to read reviews that are recent to see what the hotel is currently like, but also the ones that were written at the same time as I am going to be visiting to get hints and tips. For example, the hotel I am visiting in Madrid said that the rooftop pool is only open in certain months and can get busy in particular months so this was helpful. 

Go on price comparison websites - To get the cheapest deal, I would recommend visiting websites such as Expedia but don't let that be the be all and end all. My trip to Madrid was going to be around £300 flying with Ryan Air and staying in a hotel without breakfast and this was the cheapest deal available. However we later found the same hotel with British Airways for the same price but with continental breakfast and a better room AND flying with BA. Of course this deal was more ideal but it wasn't shown on Expedia so be aware that these websites don't include everything that is out there. 

See if booking flights and hotel separately will save you money - Booking both flights and hotels on different websites might be cheaper. Booking a flight through the actual airline may be cheaper as they will directly receive your money as opposed to booking through agencies where you may pay a premium. This may be the same with booking hotels through the actual hotel website. This may not always be true though so make sure you shop around!

So there were my tips for booking a city break and these tips mostly apply to booking a holiday too! I am by no means an expert but have booked quite a few trips, breaks and holidays now and feel I am a bit of a sucker for the best deals. I hope you found these tips useful and the most important tip is HAVE FUN AND EXPLORE. I am so excited to travel the world!

Where should I visit? Let me know your favourite destinations!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

BEAUTY: THAT Kylie Jenner MAC Liner

So today comes a post that is about a million years too late but the topic of Kylie Jenners amazing make-up and in particular, her lips, has been the talk of the internet for months now. Even though it has been discovered that she has indeed had lip fillers, there is no denying that the lip colours she wears are stunning as is her makeup in general. It was said that she uses a MAC liner most of the time in colours such as Soar and Spice. Soar is available in the UK so I knew I had to pick it up. And the hype is for a good reason ladies.....

It is a beautiful matte pink liner with a beige tone to it. It glides on nicely and stays on for hours if you're not eating or drinking. It is said that Kylie uses 'Whirl' lipstick over it but I like this on its own really. For £12.50 it is quite a pricey lip liner but in my opinion, definitely worth it as you can tell it is good quality and there is a lot of product there. So if you are still late on the bandwagon, I say you should give it a go! 
What lipsticks go well with this?